Thursday, December 29

 

Wednesday, December 28

 

Tuesday, December 27

The Debunker: Did America Hate "New Coke"?

by Ken Jennings

You're not just imagining it: the 1980s are back! It's not just Netflix drowning us in nostalgia with Stranger Things and Fuller House. Women are wearing scrunchies, Ghostbusters and Blade Runner are returning to the multiplex, Hulk Hogan is back showing off his moves on videotape, and Teddy Ruxpin is returning to toy stores. Just for fun, we even elected a 1980s curio as President of the United States! But is everything we remember about the eighties the totally tubular truth? "Just say no," says Jeopardy!'s Ken Jennings, so we've asked him to take us on a DeLorean ride back in time, separating the "Straight Up" facts from the "sweet little lies" of our foggily remembered Bartles & Jaymes youth. As they say, knowing is half the battle.

The Debunker: Did America Hate "New Coke"?

It's the go-to marketing textbook test case for "how to @#$% everything up at once." In April 1985, the Coca-Cola Company tweaked the flavor of its flagship soda for the first time since it got rid of cocaine in the 1920s. Everyone remembers this as a disastrously tone-deaf misstep by executives who apparently knew nothing about their own product or customers. By summer, Coke announced that its original formula would be coming back as "Classic Coke," and the much-touted "New Coke" was consigned to the dustbin of history. But maybe you can imagine a parallel universe where almost everyone preferred the taste of New Coke and sales actually rose in 1985? Well, my friends, that universe…is ours.

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Monday, December 26

Music Monday: ADQ's Best Of 2016

by Kristy Tye

 

 

Welcome to the Music Monday recap of the best songs from this dumpster fire of a year! Scott’s still in a corner sobbing over the loss of David Bowie and Prince (among others), so he’s handed over the reins to me to take us out of 2016. Let’s dive right in!

Panic! At the Disco - Impossible Year

 

 

Released in early 2016, Panic! At the Disco’s "Death of a Bachelor" was… surprisingly listenable! I’m not a huge fan, wasn’t actually very sure if they were still together, and yet, this song became my official outro song for each successive failure I faced in 2016. It’s got a lovely piano theme and a fabulous backing brass band that really works with the lead singer’s vocals, more so than I remember of them from their early 00’s emo days.

More music (and more uplifting!) under the fold…

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Saturday, December 24

 

Friday, December 23

 

Thursday, December 22

 

Tuesday, December 20

The Debunker: Was Michael Jordan Cut from His High School Basketball Team?

by Ken Jennings

You're not just imagining it: the 1980s are back! It's not just Netflix drowning us in nostalgia with Stranger Things and Fuller House. Women are wearing scrunchies, Ghostbusters and Blade Runner are returning to the multiplex, Hulk Hogan is back showing off his moves on videotape, and Teddy Ruxpin is returning to toy stores. Just for fun, we even elected a 1980s curio as President of the United States! But is everything we remember about the eighties the totally tubular truth? "Just say no," says Jeopardy!'s Ken Jennings, so we've asked him to take us on a DeLorean ride back in time, separating the "Straight Up" facts from the "sweet little lies" of our foggily remembered Bartles & Jaymes youth. As they say, knowing is half the battle.

The Debunker: Was Michael Jordan Cut from His High School Basketball Team?

It was the most shocking high school failure since Einstein flunked math. Looming large in Michael Jordan's legend is the 1978-79 basketball season at Laney High School in Wilmington, North Carolina, where 15-year-old Mike Jordan famously did not make his varsity team. No one mentions this more than Jordan himself, who says the sting of the rejection motivated him for his entire career. The Bulls MVP even used to check into hotels using the name of "Leroy Smith," his sophomore friend who did make varsity that same year. At this point, it's pretty much his superhero origin story.

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Monday, December 19

Music Monday: The Last RIP

by Scott Lydon


Happy Music Monday!

Leonard Cohen - Closing Time

 

This was the first Leonard Cohen song I ever heard. It was on my campus radio station and I thought WHAT THE HELL IS THIS WONDERFUL THING and I waited for three more songs to hear the artist's name. And then I walked to the record store and bought the record, and another, and another. It's not everyday music, but when it's the right time, it's perfect. I hope the man rests in peace, but I'm glad the music remains.

Still more RIP. Sadly. What a hell of a year.

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Saturday, December 17